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State Terrorism:

Till now I have limited this terminology to the actions different
states execute against its adversaries, who are either across the
border or some rebel group operating inside the borders. Keeping this
in mind, the Israeli siege of Gaza for the last 3 years and the
creation of biggest “human cage” is the best example one can come
across. On the other hand the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq
following 2001 terror attacks is also no different; keeping in view
the miseries native faced with prolonged US and its allies campaign.
The Indian forces in occupied Kashmir also qualify in this category,
keeping track of the atrocities they commit every day to suppress the
voice of Kashmiris, and ruling them against all their wishes.

       On the other hand we have cases like Sudan where the state protection
has seen systematic slaughter of tribes in the name of anti bandits
drive. Anyhow lets get back to our theme as state terrorism has
started silently in Pakistan too, but somehow due to its execution
behind the smoke screen, masses have failed to recognize it. Broadly
speaking, this terminology has nothing to do with physical killing or
massacre in general, but rather it has more to do with the misuse of
state apparatus for certain cover up and specific hidden objectives.
The most prominent example came in the shape of  NRO verdict, where
the government has done every thing to block the reopening of cases
involving personalities holding top offices now. Adding up to this,
the inquiery into Benazir murder is another example where delaying
tactics have put the whole case into cold files, and the best way to
explain this murder is “ a misdirected effort is simply the waste of
       Having said this, there is no end to this ongoing “state terrorism”
insight, and as far as the trends go, in coming future this practice
will become the prime weapon in the arsenal of current regime. Just as
I write, a new case has emerged involving the Chairman of HEC, Mr
Leghari. The guy was spearheading the drive against “fake degree
holder” parliamentarians which has given sleep less nights to all the
political parties in the past few months. Instead of setting up an
example for others in term of accountability at party level, first of
all the PPP backed Mr Dasti in becoming a member again, although he
had resigned as a compulsion few weeks earlier after his degree was
declared “illegal”. Later the  top office during a public address
boasted on this triumph. In simple words, the credit they desired was
nothing short than a declaration of “war against institutes”, making
it clear that from now on their words will be the law of the
       Now that the HEC was all out probing these fraud public office
holders,  the government using the state apparatus directly struck the
person assigned for this task. News reports were circulating regarding
the pressure imposed on the Chairman to resign from his office. With
no success, the pressure is now imposed indirectly by getting hold of
his brother under the context of corruption charges, and putting him
into custody. The guy, although a high ranking official, was
apprehended without following the proper procedure and corruption
charges were leveled against him. Wow……I mean the accountability has
started in terms of government prospective. What about the report some
months earlier where the government was blamed for 400% more
corruption than witnessed in the past. The charges against the HEC
Chairman’s brother are not even 1% of the amount mentioned in that
report. On the other hand people like Dr Babar Awan are still roaming
with pride although he and Latif Khosa were directly reported for
taking bribe on Haris Steel Mill case. Breaking the unknown silence,
PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif has expressed his concern over the handling
of HEC Chairman by the present regime, and has made it clear that
these acts will not go unnoticed. I must say that so much has gone
unnoticed by the opposition that the public feels least satisfied with
their role. The HEC Chairman direct request from PM Gillani for
providing him security will be seen as the ultimate test for the
present regime, and in case the government actions go unchecked be
ready for times seen in places like Haiti and Sierra Leone.
       This has happened in the past, like the missing person cases blocked
by President Musharraf but atleast one expects the present regime to
behave in a democratic way, rather than a true reflection of
dictatorial times…………………..


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